The word "coda" is used to signify a passage that brings a song or a piece of music to an end, but according to Luke Smith, it can have other meanings -- like the end of a long brewing process or having a beer at the end of the day. And for Smith, a former medical researcher at the University of Col ... More >>
Pretty Lights returns to Red Rocks for a two-night stand on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9 but the this time around local producer Derek Vincent Smith will have a full band on board as well as thirteen members of the Colorado Symphony. Tickets ($44.50 advance, $50 day of show) go on sale on ... More >>
Bad Weather California has reached its natural conclusion. Although the outfit still has a string of dates left to play, including a tour kickoff show is this Thursday, August 15, at the hi-dive, celebrating its brand new EP, Back Seats -- due out this week on Fire Talk -- Chris Adolf confirms that ... More >>
One of the more highly charged bands of the last decade or so, Gogol Bordello (sharing a bill at Red Rocks this Thursday, August 15, with Queens of the Stone Age) has become legendary for its vigorous live sets. Injecting punk into gypsy music, the outfit began in 1999 when Ukrainian frontman Eugene ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend, amigos! We made it, and we've got another fine weekend of tunes to look forward to. From hip-hop and bluegrass to indie rock and southern rock, there's a variety of options, both local and national, to choose from. We've got all of the shows happening on the Front Range over ... More >>
Hola, amigo! Welcome to the weekend! A massive amount of musical goodness awaits you this weekend, the first of this fall season. Whatever you feel like getting into, there are a ton of shows to choose from, whether you're looking for metal, rock, hip-hop or just want to party down like there's no s ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! Tonight at Red Rocks, the Avett Brothers kick off a two-night stand with City and Colour opening tonight and DeVotchKa opening tomorrow night. Also tonight, Thurston Moore visits the Larimer Lounge with his new quartet Chelsea Light Moving. Cory Branan at the Lions Lair, Eric ... More >>
CYPRESS HILL @ OGDEN THEATRE | 04.20.12Cypress Hill gets it. After coming to town last year on April 19, the premiere stoner rappers of the last two decades intentionally made a 2012 performance in Denver on the actual weed holiday of the year: April 20. As B-Real shared with a sold-out Ogden Theatr ... More >>
Shortly before his death at age 43, provocateur Andrew Breitbart hyped what was supposed to be a bombshell video of young Barack Obama -- one that would supposedly unmask his radical racialist agenda. Well, the video's out -- see it below -- and the mainstream media is reacting with a collective ya ... More >>
Outkast is easily one of the most noted and respected hip-hop groups in the game. Big Boi and Andre 3000 met in the East Point section of Atlanta when they were sixteen. The outfit combined funk, soul, jazz and blues influences with hip-hop lyrics on its 1994 debut, Southernplayalisticadillac ... More >>
I met Cannasseur manager Matt Berger briefly a few months ago at a party, which would normally put a shop out of the running for a review, since I try and keep it anonymous. But after seeing the level of chronic coming out of their store, it seemed wrong not to tell folks about this place.
David CarloBootsy Collins (due tonight at The Boulder Theater), a bass player with a larger than life persona, first came to promience in the James Brown band. After leaving Brown's outfit, Collins was convinced by a friend to go to Detroit, where he hooked up with George Clinton, with whom C ... More >>
Looking at Aaron Holstein, the man behind VibeSquaD, you would never guess he is a trained multi-instrumentalist with a background in jazz. The talented Colorado-based producer emits sounds that can make your ears bleed with pounding bass, swirling synthesizers and relentless energy -- but ... More >>
Kate LevyIt's hard to understand the magnitude of Geek Bowl unless you go. The numbers are readily available: 129 teams, 64 questions, $7,000 in prize money. But none of that gets you to what this thing is like. There's a temptation to imagine a boozier Knowledge Bowl, an almost standardized- ... More >>
Nearly a year after helping break in in the remodeled 1STBANK Center last March, Furthur, fronted by Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, is slated to return for another three-night stand on Friday, February 11, through Sunday, February 13. Reserved and general-admission tickets, which range from $55 to $ ... More >>
Tom Murphy TAME IMPALA With Achille Lauro 12.04.10 | Bluebird Theater Stardeath and the White Dwarfs was originally slated to be part of this bill but couldn't make it, so last minute, local band Achille Lauro was added, which is just as well because that band shares a bit of the same exper ... More >>
Neighborhood Icon #2 of 76: West Highland. The West Highland neighborhood is the home of the (former) Elitch Gardens Amusement park and hotbed of Denver Democratic politics. So it's only fitting that the icon shown above would include a reference to a historic carousel. The rotating rides may ... More >>
Since Speakerboxxx/The Love Below showcased Outkast's individual talents, André 3000 has generally been regarded as the auteur of the duo. And while that might be true -- André 3000 does tend to be weirder than his colleague Big Boi -- there's something to be said for consistency, as the la ... More >>
Nearly a year after Tool's triumphant headlining set at the Mile High Music Festival, Maynard James Keenan and company return to the area for a two-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29. Reserved tickets are $52.50 to $69.50 and go on sale Saturday, May 1 ... More >>
While recording songs for Jim Sampas' documentary about Jack Kerouac, Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard realized they both shared an affinity for the famed Beat writer. After recording songs for the film, the pair continued to work on songs using words from Kerouac' ... More >>
As previously reported, Green Day will play its first gig in these parts in over three years when the band hits the Pepsi Center on Saturday, August 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday, May 9. Some other big ticket shows, meanwhile, were announced this week, including a trio of shows at Re ... More >>
Thursday, June 5, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.
In 1994, Westword published its eleventh Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Italian Restaurant (the brand-new Carmine’s on Penn) to Best Makeover (the renovated Herb’s Hideout) to Best New Arts Venue (the Bug, on Navajo Street) to Best News for Blue ... More >>
Richard "Kush" Griffith, who died this week in Kentucky at age 58, leaves behind a legacy in Denver, where he'd lived for the previous decade -- but more importantly, he put his mark on some of the best and most vital popular music made on this planet during the past half-century. Chuck Fishman, a C ... More >>
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Masseuse Carla Madison keeps in touch with the Denver music scene.
A list of the lousiest songs a guy ever loved.
The Czars make some of Denver's most beautiful noises.
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THE BOREDOMS ARE AS ALTERNATIVE AS LOLLAPALOOZA '94 GETS.